Now in its 27th year, National Pet Month 2016 runs from 1 April to 2 May. National Pet Month is a registered charity and offers the nation a chance to celebrate the impact pets have on our lives and promote responsible pet ownership.

In our latest polling, BMG has asked a nationally representative sample of 1,500 UK adults about pets and found that Britons are a nation of dog lovers.

The results show that almost half of the British public prefer dogs (46%) compared to cats (19%) and around 1 in 4 like both dogs and cats equally (23%). A staggering 1 in 10 don’t like pets at all (10%); 2% thought the decision was too difficult for them and said that they don’t know.

Men are more likely to prefer dogs to cats with 49% of men in preference of dogs compared with 42% of women. Younger adults are also more likely to prefer dogs; with 53% of 18 to 24 year olds preferring dogs compared with 43% of those aged 65+. Unsurprisingly, those who own a dog are much more likely to prefer dogs to cats (83%).

Readers can interrogate the data for themselves using the menu in the chart below.

The poll also found just over half of UK adults said that they have a pet (52%) and of people who own a pet  most say they have a dog (42%), closely followed by those who have a cat (37%). Around one in ten said that they have both a dog and a cat (11%) and a similar proportion said that they have a different kind of pet (10%).

You can read National Pet Month’s top 10 tips for being a responsible pet owner here

Data tables containing a full breakdown of the results can be found here.

For further details about this poll, and any other results from our polling series, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone.



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